Governor Dayton Sets Stage for Special Session
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton says he will call a special session to address rapidly rising costs for people buying health insurance through Minnesota's state exchange — if legislative leaders can come up with a plan of action.
Dayton said last week that the federal health care law was no longer affordable for many people. Both Republicans and Democrats in the state have called for legislative action, and Dayton says they should come up with a plan by Nov. 1.
The state's top insurance regulator said this fall that Minnesota's individual market is in a state of emergency. Premium increases are ranging from 50 percent to 67 percent.
Dayton has proposed using $313 million in state reserves to help people who face big increases and aren't eligible for federal tax credits.